My grandmother worked with a lady at Boston College, and her son Pete would become a friend of my father’s. His son, Cody, is a freshman at the University of New Orleans. He went missing and was just found alive, with one hell of a story: him and two ex-cons banded together to fight back violent looters (with a pitbull!), rescued the helpless with a boat, and broke into a Walgreens for supplies!!!!! While I feel bad on a level for business owners . . . I don’t know how else people would have been able to survive without stealing the basics at some point since the basics were bound to be damaged eventually anyway. The businesses, esp. chains, are probably insured or can be compensated.

What would you do? I don’t obviously care for the people who stole large ticket items just because they wanted to take advantage of opportunity, or people who harmed others or vandalized for the hell of it, but in this case survival might trump the ethics we normally follow:

To all our dear friends and people who have helped and prayed for our son Cody over the past week:

Cody has been found. He is in a shelter in Austin Texas as I write this. He was rescued along with many other people that Cody and 2 other men had so heroically rescued and protected. We are getting him a flight out tonight and he will be back in California late this evening.
In a nutshell, they survived on incredible resourcefulness and courage.
Cody told me that he and two other men who were ex-cons teamed up and first secured a boat and swam through the waters dragging the boat and rescuing seniors, mothers with babies, animals, etc., out of attics and surrounding houses. They broke into a local Walgreens and secure diapers, toilet paper, feminine products, baby food and medicine for the sick elders. The three along with a pit bull thwarted off would be looters and thugs who had penetrated their building. Cody told me that “the three of us” stood up to them and threw them out. Many, many stories, but most of all, God has given us back our kid and we ARE SO PROUD OF HIM. THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!!!!!

I *might* have a really big (for PEI) act in my benefit concert. No details because it is so early, but someone else with a certain amount of star power in Charlottetown is trying to get something going and I might fuse my work with his to make life simpler and to be more effective — he knows me enough and someone is asking him for me. Holy shit, it would be the concert of the year if I can get that involvement!!!!!

SO far, this is too easy. Never thought I had so many contacts.

Waiting for something to happen . . .

Okay . . . I want to organize a Jazz/Blues themed relief event for the people of the Gulf Coast region of the S. US within the month. Since that region is, essentially, the birth place of the blues and of Jazz Roots (eg. Louis Armstrong), it feels fitting and I know there is an audience for it.

I want to use all of my contacts and available resources and so forth to make this happen, and assemble a small, tight, strong team to accomplish this. I know what I want to do, and I will make this happen. I am aiming to support the Red Cross or the United Way.

Any locals, please get in touch with me if you’d like to help or have suggestions. I don’t want any criticisms or hints that I can’t do this.

I know I need:

— date
— permit
— venue
— sponsors
— musicians
— people power
— food/beverage
— advert/promotion

That’s a start. I’m prob. missing something here, but I think those would be teh broad categories.

Non-locals — why not do something in your hometown and we can have a network to support one another?